OSSD: Ontario Secondary School Diploma
Starting in 2019, all Ontario Secondary School credit courses, as well as grades 7 & 8 language, math, and science will be offered via online courses. Work will be completed in school with Odyssey Heights teachers coaching each student. Students can work at their own pace - including working though a course at the same pace as one or more of their friends. We have found that our students need a high degree of flexibility in both attendance and pace of courses. For example, gifted girls with anxiety and depression need enrichment and the option to work at a faster pace in their courses, but they miss a significant number of school days due to mental health and medical/therapy appointments.
Grades 7 & 8 Language, Math & Science courses are provided by Virtual Elementary School (VES). Grades 9-12 credit courses are provided by The Independent Learning Centre (ILC). Both VES and ILC courses adhere to Ontario Ministry of Education requirements with ILC courses covering all pathways to graduation with the OSSD. The program at Odyssey Heights is focussed on university preparation, but our students are free to take both open and college level courses for interest and to meet OSSD requirements.
ILC courses are offered in English or French immersion, through an independent distance education model. Student work in ILC courses are marked by ILC teachers with Odyssey Heights teachers as each student’s learning coach. Girls take two Ontario courses at at time which decreases anxiety, and allows for accelerated pacing for gifted students. This delivery model also allows grade 9s who have holes in their math education to take a grade 8 review course before starting grade 9 math.